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How the Hemp Industry Changed
In 2018, the President of the US signed a new Farm Bill reducing restrictions on the hemp industry and blowing it wide open. For the first time since the 1970’s, it’s legal to possess, grow, and manufacture all sorts of products from hemp without worries of violating federal laws (of course people still need to be aware of state laws). The hemp industry boomed immediately.
Applications to farm hemp (because it is still a regulated crop) increased by 300% in the first few months of 2019. This has created a huge cash crop of hemp to meet the needs of the textile and CBD industries.
As a result of this enormous crop that is being harvested right now, there is a plethora of hemp bud available. And just as medical marijuana is cultivated for specific therapeutic purposes, so now is hemp flower/hemp bud.
Get the Medicinal Punch Without the High
Thanks to science and the tenacity of growers and botanists who have worked for many years to cultivate specific strains of marijuana for medical use, it is now possible to cultivate hemp flowers that are low in THC and high in CBD.
THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the compound in marijuana, aka the cannabinoid, that causes people to feel high. The amount of THC in a specific flower varies greatly.
In order to be considered industrial hemp, the THC must be a very low in concentration. Industrial hemp products that are marketed to the general public must have 0.3% or less THC in them. With THC amounts so low, you cannot get high from it.
However, it should be noted that although the amount is too low to make you feel high, the trace amounts are occasionally enough to trigger a positive drug test. Individuals who face regular drug testing should exercise caution using CBD products. False positives are rare but ARE possible.
Additionally, hemp flower is the flower of the cannabis plant. It looks and smells exactly like marijuana bud. The only way to know if it’s hemp is to test it. Again, you won’t get high, but you could get in trouble with local law enforcement who may assume it is illegal marijuana – so use common sense.
Despite the risks, hemp flower is a game changer for many people. CBD, another major cannabinoid in cannabis, offers a variety of purported health benefits. Additionally, CBD cannot make you feel high. CBD is non-intoxicating.
People use hemp-based CBD to help alleviate a myriad of symptoms from stress and anxiety, to seizure control, to pain relief.
Because there is less regulation and more growing opportunities, hemp-based CBD products tend to be less expensive than medical marijuana products, yet many of these products may still offer therapeutic benefits.
Since there is a boon of hemp bud right now, with a large crop being harvested and ready for sale , the cost of premium hemp flower is not overly prohibitive for most people either. In fact, it’s a pretty good deal with pricing ranging from $10 to $30 per 3 grams.
You can order hemp bud online and have it delivered directly to your home in bags that explicitly state that it is a hemp product, not marijuana. It’s important that patients ensure their products are being tested by third-party labs. Patients also need to ensure they receive copies of those testing to show the absence of THC in the product in case they have any interactions with law enforcement. .
CBD May Helps Some Conditions
CBD, or cannabidiol, has been shown to benefit many chronic conditions and may help alleviate symptoms of pain for many people. CBD might even help the body by boosting boost healing. CBD interacts with the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), a natural biochemical communication system which controls many different processes of the body.
The ECS is believed to be responsible for pain management, balancing the immune system, mood, metabolism, and the function of the neural pathways among other things. In theory, when CBD is introduced, it is like giving the ECS a supplement. Some think of it like high octane gasoline for your engine.
CBD flowers can be smoked or vaporized, but CBD buds can also be used to make your own edibles and tinctures. It can be used the same way medical marijuana is used. CBD can be hlepful for many patients, but some with serious conditions may benefit from higher levels of THC.
Here are some of the conditions that people report CBD benefits. Conditions that CBD could help include:
- Cardiovascular health
- Diabetes management
- Crohn’s Disease
- Tremors such as those associated with Parkinson’s Disease
- Alzheimer’s Disease
This is, in no way, a complete list. Many people are finding new uses for CBD all of the time.
Because CBD helps so many different issues, it’s been nicknamed ‘the boy scout molecule’ with users claiming “it always does the right thing” for people.
The hemp flower is just another way that the cannabis plant can be used to benefit mankind.
Side Effects of CBD
Now you’re thinking “oh boy, here comes the bad stuff” but the reality is that there really that much bad stuff. Most people using adequate doses of CBD do not experience negative side effects. However, like all substances, side effects are possible.
No one has ever died from a CBD overdose. Additionally, CBD is not addictive or habit forming. Side effects from CBD can include sedation, stimulation, lowering of blood sugar, dry mouth, and nausea/ vomiting and diarrhea.
Side effects usually only present when someone takes too much CBD. Decreasing or skipping a dose can decrease and eliminate side effects. Patients should also keep in mind in rare cases, CBD can interact with some pharmaceuticals. Patients should seek guidance from their licensed healthcare providers for details about combining CBD and pharmaceuticals.
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